Voters say no to opt out for pool, Stroeder, Mickelson retain seats on school board
In another voter turnout of 32 percent of eligible voters, the opt-out to fund a new outdoor aquatics center in Mobridge was defeated by 34 votes.
The opt out was for a tax increase to fund the $2.5 million project to replace the 60-year-old pool that was closed and demolished last year.
Mayor Jamie Dietterle said he was disappointed in the result, but vowed this was not the end of the project.
“We are just going to keep fighting,” he said. “This is our dream and our vision to have this new pool for our families and our community. We will continue to raise funds and we will get this project completed.”
Dietterle said it was sad to see such a small turnout of voters on such an important issue for the community.
“Something this important to the community needs support,” he said. We just need to stick together and keep raising funds until we get it built.”
Dietterle said the council and pool committee will give renewed effort to bring the project to fruition because they truly believe it is something that is needed here, not only for the community, but the for safety of the community’s children.
“We will do this. We said we would and what we say, we intend to do,” he said. “As a council we said we were going to raise the funds to get this pool built and we will get it completed.”
Mobridge City Administrator Steve Gasser said the committee and city officials will direct their efforts to fundraising and getting more information to the public.
“I was dissappointted in the turnout of voters,” he said. “This committee is dedicated and hard working. We just need to stick together to raise more funding.”
Gasser said he is concerned that the children of the community will be impacted by this vote.
“I am concerned about our kids swimming in Lake Oahe,” he said. “I am worried about the kids whose families can’t afford the cost of membership to swim in the other proposed pool project.”
The city can bring the opt out to another vote in the future, but the immediate plans are to continue to raise funds and get correct information to the public before another vote is considered, according to Gasser.
The incumbents will serve another term on the Mobridge-Pollock School Board as Eric Stroeder and Gilbert Mickelson received the most votes in a three-way race for two seats on the board.
Stroeder received the most votes with 668. He received 627 votes at the Mobridge polling site; 9 votes in Mound City; and 32 votes in Pollock.
Mickelson received 415 votes from Mobridge voters; 27 in Mound City; and 81 votes from the Pollock polling place.
Duane Martin received 361 votes in Mobridge; 21 from Mound City voters; and 15 in Pollock.
There are 2,531 registered voters in Mobridge. Of those 2,290 are active voters.
– Katie Zerr –